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East Germany 1958-1990: Trabant and Wartburg omnipresent

1973 Trabant 601

The East German car market was unique and totally different from West Germany. The most popular model by far and one of the most famous cars in the world, reaching iconic status after the Berlin Wall Fall in 1989, the Trabant dominated the East German car landscape during the period.

The original model, the P50, introduced in 1957, was replaced by the 601 in 1963 and this model stayed practically unchanged up to its production end in 1991. In total, over 3.7 million Trabants were produced between 1958 and 1991.

Trabant painting on the Berlin Wall

Since it could take years for a Trabant to be delivered from the time it was ordered, people who finally got one were very careful with it and usually became skillful in maintaining and repairing it, and as a result the lifespan of an average Trabant was 28 years. Used Trabants would often fetch a higher price than new ones, as the former were available immediately… More on the Trabant here.

2009 Trabant nT

In 2007, Bavarian miniature vehicles manufacturer Herpa announced the project of introducing the Trabant nT, a new, all-electric version of the model. Production was planned to start in 2012 but has been put on hold since. More about this here.

1966 Wartburg 353

Another symbol of the East German car industry is the Wartburg, with the 353 produced between 1966 and 1985, then replaced by the 1.3 from 1985 to 1991.

Source: Wikipedia


Canada 1990: Chevrolet C/K Pickup and Cavalier dominate

Chevrolet C/K Pickup

* See the Top 10 best-selling Passenger Cars and Light Trucks by clicking on the title! Thanks Pedro *

In 1990 the Chevrolet C/K Pickup and Ford F-Series are the most popular Light Trucks in Canada while the Chevrolet Cavalier and Honda Civic are the best-selling Passenger Cars. It is unclear which model is the best-seller overall. Notice also the Honda Accord at #3 in the Passenger Cars ranking, the Pontiac Sunbird at #5, the Mercury Topaz at #8 and Chevrolet Lumina at #10. As far as Light Trucks are concerned, the Ford Aerostar is #3, followed by the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager.

Full Year 1990 Top 10 Ranking Tables: click on ‘Read more’ below the Ford Aerostar pic.

Ford Aerostar

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Sweden 1989-1990: Volvo 700, Saab 9000 & VW Golf on podium

Volvo 760

* See ‘Read more’ for the Top 25 best-selling models! Many thanks to Torbjörn for the data *

Though couple of years for car sales in Sweden after the high of 1988: the market is down 11% in 1989 to 307,104 registrations, and down a further 25% in 1990 to 229,941 units. The Volvo 700 keeps the lead in both years with 40,487 sales (13.2%) in ’89 and 25,032 (10.9%) in ’90.

Saab 9000

The VW Golf stays #2 in ’89 with a strong 5% market share but drops to #3 in ’90 at 4.7%, passed by the Saab 9000, gearing up all through the period: #3 in ’89 with 14,443 sales and 4.7% and #2 in ’90 at 12,907 units and 5.6%. Meanwhile, the Volvo 200 continues to slip down slowly, to #5 in ’90 and the Volvo 400 makes its first appearance in ’89 in 5th place with 11,966 sales and 3.9%.

The Toyota Corolla takes off: from 9th in ’89 to an outstanding 4th place in ’90 at 8,335 units and 3.6%, by far the best score ever for a Japanese model in Sweden. The Saab 900 is down 42% to #12 in ’90 with 6,638 sales and 2.9% and the Volvo 900 lands directly in 13th place in ’90 at 6,464 units and 2.8% for its first year of sales.

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Full Year 1989 and 1990 Ranking Tables below.

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